Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world. With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia. Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shi'ite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture.
Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.
Yvonne Y. Haddad is Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. She is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association and the American Academy of Religion, New England Region. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Achievement and Distinction in Service to the Profession from the Boston University School of Theology (2007) and Scholar of the Year from the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (2002). Her extensive publications include Not Quite American? and Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History. Jane I. Smith has taught at Harvard University, Hartford Seminary, and the Iliff School of Theology, where she served as Dean of the Faculty. Her areas of scholarly interest are Islam in America, women in Islam, Islamic theology, comparative religion/theology, and Christian-Muslim relations.
Contributors ; PART I: FORMATION OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN NORTH AMERICA ; 1. The First Stirrings of Islam in America ; Sylviane A. Diouf ; 2. Muslim Immigration to America ; Randa B. Serhan ; 3. Imams and Chaplains as American Religious Professionals ; Timur R. Yuskaev and Harvey Stark ; 4. Islamic Organizations in the United States ; Jocelyne Cesari ; 5. African American Muslims ; Caroline Moxley Rouse ; 6. The Twelver Shi'is in America ; Liyakat Takim ; 7. Sufi Movements in America ; Marcia Hermansen ; 8. Muslim Minority Groups in American Islam ; Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith ; PART II: INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF ISLAM IN NORTH AMERICA ; 9. Practicing Islam in the United States ; Muzammil H. Siddiqi ; 10. Shari'a and Fiqh in the United States ; Asma Afsaruddin ; 11. Muslim Women in the United States ; Kathleen M. Moore ; 12. Marriage in American Muslim Communities ; Juliane Hammer ; 13. Mosques in the United States ; Ihsan Bagby ; 14. Developments in Islamic Education in the United States ; Susan L. Douglass ; 15. American Muslim Youth Movements ; Rabia Kamal ; 16. Da'wa in the United States ; Kathleen M. Moore ; 17. Islam in American Prisons ; Susan Van Baalen ; 18. Volunteerism among American Immigrant Muslims ; Altaf Husain ; PART III: INTEGRATION AND ASSIMILATION OF MUSLIMS ; 19. Muslim Americans and the Political System ; Abdulkader H. Sinno ; 20. The Intellectual Contributions of American Muslim Scholars ; Sara J. Chehab and Marvin R.Whitaker, Jr. ; 21. Muslim-Christian Relations in the United States ; Peter Makari ; 22. American Muslims in the Age of New Media ; Nadia Khan ; 23. Muslim Artists in America ; Munir Jiwa ; 24. American Mosque Architecture ; Akel Ismail Kahera ; 25. Islamic Dress and Fashion in the United States ; Rabia Kamal ; 26. Health and Medicine among American Muslims ; Lance D. Laird ; 27. Muslims in Film and Muslim Filmmaking in the United States ; Hussein Rashid ; 28. American Muslims and Global Islam ; Peter Mandaville ; 29. The War on Terror and Its Effects on American Muslims ; Charles Kimball ; 30. Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the United States ; Peter Gottschalk ; Index
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